Samiha Tawfik (1954) توفيق سميحة

The dancer in this clip is Egyptian dancer and actress Samiha Tawfik who was born in Fayoum (about 100kms from Cairo) in 1928 and died in Cairo in 2010. The scene is from the Egyptian comedy “Feleh and Mehtas” (فالح ومحتاس) which was released in 1954. The singer is Sherifa Maher.

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Samiha Tawfik (1954) توفيق سميحة

This is a scene from the Egyptian film ‘Tahia al Rijjala’ (Long Live Men تحيا الرجالة) and the dancer is Samiha Tawfik. The film was released in 1954 and starred Karem Mahmoud, Sherifa Maher, Abdul Salem al Nabulsi and Zeinat Sedki.
Born in 1928, Samiha Tawfik had a long career as both an actress and an on-screen dancer.  Her brother, El Toukhy Tawfiq, was also a well known film actor and fight scene arranger. They both started their careers working in a circus with their father. Samiha Tawfik retired from show business in 1987 and passed away in 2010.
Trivia: Lebanese dancer Gawaher also performs in the same film.

Samiha Tawfik (1955) سميحة توفيق

Two further clips from ‘Dastet Manadil’ (A Dozen Veils دستة مناديل ), featuring bellydancing by Samiha Tawfik. This is a 1954 film which starred Najah Salam, Karem Mahmoud and Ismail Yassin and tells the story of a laundry man who falls for a beautiful dancer. The whole Mr Universe ‘thing’ in the first part of the clip is a bit incongruous but there you go……

Samiha Tawfik (1954) توفيق سميحة

Samiha Tawfik dances in a scene from the 1954 Egyptian film titled ‘Al fares al aswad’ (The Black Knight الفارس الأسود). The film starred Kouka, Yehia Chahine and Farid Shawqi and was directed by Niazi Mostafa. There’s another scene from the same film with Nemat Mokhtar dancing also on this channel.
The film tells the story of a young Bedouin woman who works in a circus following the death of her parents. Eventually she returns to her tribe where she falls in love with the son of the headman but the tribe refuses to accept her. A war breaks out between her tribe and another and she assumes the identity of a masked knight dressed in black fighting in defence of her tribe. Her tribe win the war, her true identity is revealed and the head man gives his approval to the marriage.
The director of the film Niaza Mostafa went to Germany to train as an engineer but once there he quickly transferred to the Cinema Institute in Munich. After graduation as a filmmaker he worked on films in Germany and returned to Egypt in 1935.